Wielingen-class frigate

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F911 Westdiep
Class overview
Name: Wielingen class
Builders:
Operators:
Preceded by: Algerine class
Succeeded by: Karel Doorman class
In service:
  • Belgian Navy: 1976–2007
  • Bulgarian Navy: 2005–
Completed: 4
Active: 3
Scrapped: 1
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile frigate
Displacement: 2,200 tons
Length: 106.38 m (349 ft 0 in)
Beam: 12.3 m (40 ft 4 in)
Draught: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Propulsion:
  • Combined Diesel or Gas turbine
  • 2 ABC type DZC diesel engines of 4,200 hp (3,100 kW)
  • 1 Rolls Royce Olympus TM – 3B gas turbine 27,575 hp (20,563 kW)
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Complement: 159
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 Kelvin-Hugues type 1007/Scout navigation radar
  • 1 Hollandse Signaal Apparaten DA-05 surveillance radar
  • 1 Hollandse Signaal Apparaten WM-25 targeting radar
  • 2 EOMS IR/Video optical targeting cameras
  • 1 AN/SQS-510 sonar
Armament:

The Wielingen class is a class of four multi-functional frigates built for the Belgian Navy. The ships are named after sandbanks in the North Sea, not far from the Belgian coast, or sea routes. The lead ship is named after the Wielingen sandbank.

History[edit]

The Belgian government decided on 22 December 1970 to order four new frigates, which would be built by Belgian shipyards. These ships would replace the old escort ships of the Algerine class. The last of these left service in 1969.

Project studies had already begun in 1964 with the advice of the Dutch Navy and continued in 1971 in cooperation with the two Belgian shipyards, Boelwerf, at Temse, and Cockerill, at Hoboken, Antwerp. The construction of the ships began in 1974. The four ships, Wielingen, Westdiep, Wandelaar and Westhinder, were commissioned in the following years.

The fourth frigate, Westhinder, was decommissioned in 1993 according to the reforms of Defence Minister Leo Delcroix (nl). She had previously been damaged during an anti-submarine exercise off the coast of Norway. The third ship, Wandelaar, followed in 2004 and was sold to the Bulgarian Navy the same year. Wielingen and Westdiep were sold to Bulgaria in 2008.

Ships[edit]

Wielingen
  • Built: Boelwerf, Temse
  • Launched: 30 March 1976
  • Commissioned: 20 January 1978
  • Decommissioned: 2006
  • Fate: Sold to Bulgaria in 2008, refurbished and commissioned as Verni (Верни – Faithful) (42)
Westdiep
  • Built: Cockerill, Hoboken, Antwerp
  • Launched: 8 December 1975
  • Commissioned: 20 January 1978
  • Decommissioned: 5 October 2007
  • Fate: Sold to Bulgaria in 2008, refurbished and commissioned as Gordi (Горди – Proud) (43)
Wandelaar
  • Built: Boelwerf, Temse)
  • Launched: 21 June 1977
  • Commissioned: 3 October 1978
  • Fate: Sold to Bulgaria in 2004, refurbished and commissioned as Drazki (Дръзки – Daring) (41)
Westhinder
  • Built: Cockerill, Hoboken, Antwerp
  • Launched: 30 March 1976
  • Commissioned: 20 January 1978
  • Decommissioned: 1993
  • Fate: Scrapped

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